UNCW women's soccer team take home top CAA honors

RICHMOND, Virginia – After leading UNCW to a record-setting season, Head Coach Paul Cairney has been named 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Soccer Coach-of-the-Year in a voting of the league's head coaches.

In addition, six student-athletes were earned All-CAA notice as the conference announced its annual awards prior to the CAA semifinals. Seniors Maddie McCormick, Stephanie Bronson and Morgan Leyble earned spots on the All-CAA First-Team and senior Katrina Guillou received Second-Team notice.

Junior goalkeeper Carolyn Huddy was named to the All-CAA Third-Team while senior Karissa Smith earned All-Academic Team recognition.

Cairney, who earned Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career, has guided the Seahawks to a school-record 14 wins this season and a No. 3 seed in this weekend's tournament. UNCW, which was picked to finish fifth in the CAA, posted a 6-2-1 record in league play, including four shutouts.

While compiling a No. 37 ranking in the latest NCAA RPI report, the Seahawks have also doubled their win total from last year when they were 7-9-2 and finished ninth in the CAA.

In his 20th season as the Seahawks' leader, the UNCW graduate has guided his teams to a combined 195-176-22 record. He shared the Coach-of-the-Year honor with W&M's John Daly in 2006 and was selected as the league's top coach in 2008.

The CAA's leading scorer with 14 goals and 33 points, McCormick earned All-CAA honors for the third time in her career after receiving third team accolades as a freshman and sophomore. She is a two-time CAA Co-Player-of-the-Week selection and has posted four multi-goal games this season, including a three-goal effort in a win over Towson on Oct. 18.

A native of Newark, Del., McCormick ranks fourth in school history with 31 goals and 77 points. She has tallied 33 points this season, the third-highest total in school history.

Bronson, named to the All-CAA teams for the third time in her career, received First-Team distinction for the second time. After missing the entire 2014 season with an injury, the Raleigh, N.C., native has returned to start 19-of-20 games and ranks as the team's third-leading scorer with 16 points.

Bronson, who transferred from NC State after her freshman season, has scored 16 goals with 9 assists in her career while starting 58-of-61 games.

One of the Seahawks' defensive leaders, Leyble earned a spot on the All-CAA teams for the third year in a row. She is one of three UNCW players to start all 20 games this season and has contributed three goals with two assists. In addition, she has played 1,805 of a possible 1,842 minutes this year, which ranks fifth in the CAA.

The Jacksonville, N.C., product has been a four-year starter for the Seahawks with 71 starts in 76 career appearances. She has scored 8 goals with 10 assists in her career.

A Second-Team All-CAA selection for the second straight year, Guillou earned her third career All-CAA nod after tallying 10 goals with 4 assists in 20 games. She posted a pair of two-goal efforts against Delaware and Drexel while adding a goal in six other contests.

The sixth-leading scorer in school history with 71 points, the Fort Washington, Md., native is tied for fifth in school history with 29 goals. She has started 57-of-77 games in her career, including 37 of the last 38 contests.

Huddy, the CAA co-leader with nine shutouts, has anchored a defensive unit that has allowed just nine goals against conference opponents this season. The Huntersville, N.C., native, who has set a school record with her nine shutouts this season, ranks sixth in the CAA with a 1.14 goals against average while stopping 74.2 percent of the shots she has faced.

Huddy was selected CAA Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 21 and has started 41-of-45 games in her career, including all 20 contests this year.

A Business and Political Science major with an outstanding 3.94 grade point average, Smith has played in six games this season and started against UMBC on Sept. 6. A native of West Chester, Pa., Smith has appeared in 20 career games with four starts.

The third-seeded Seahawks (14-5-1) face second-seeded William & Mary in the first semifinal on Friday at Hofstra Soccer Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

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